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Please help me raise £6000.00 to secure the future of our local radio station. We are broadcasting on DAB to the Portsmouth area as part of a 9 month experiment by Ofcom. This 9 month period comes to an end on 18th May this year, and without your kind help we may also have to close.

Ofcom may well decide to extend these trial DAB broadcasts, at least until the end of 2016, however we presently do not have the spare funds available to cover the fresh costs that would come from such an extention.

If Ofcom decide not to extend this DAB experiment then the money raised will instead go towards other options, including a possible 28 day FM broadcast to the Portsmouth area.
The Flash is a small not for profit community radio station run entirely by volunteers and promoting the talents of local unsigned bands, musicians, and singer/songwriters in the greater Portsmouth area by including their music within our general format of classic rock and blues.

We provide an alternative music service for those who prefer to listen to the likes of Queen, Yes, Pink Floyd or Dire Straits and remember a time when all music was provided by real musicians rather than a computer. We don't just stick to the well known singles either and often include lesser heard tracks from classic albums.

Where as other community radio stations around the country support unsigned artists by providing a specialist programme for followers of the local music scene, our approach is to reach listeners who would not usually visit a local live music venue by mixing original tracks by local musicians within our daily output. For instance you could hear a well known hit by The Eagles, followed by a catchy track written and performed by a band or artist that may well be playing in your local pub in the near future.

We also broadcast a regular Local Live Music Gig Guide so our listeners can follow the artists they hear on air. This gig guide is compiled by our volunteers and is a free service for local music venues and live acts that perform in the South Hampshire area.

Local musicians and songwriters play an important role in preserving the identity and expression of local communities, and yet we are sadly seeing so many live music venues and community pubs closing in our area.

The Flash also invites local artists and event organisers in to the studio for on air chats and live acoustic sessions and promotes charity events within our area.

Although our format is predominantly classic rock & blues, we are also experimenting with specialist programmes during the evenings to incorporate not only blues, but punk rock, freakbeat, garage,  and we even have a regular space rock show.

At the time of writing we have  20 volunteer presenters, 7 of which are themselves local musicians, and we actively encourage local listeners to become involved, either as presenters or behind the scenes helpers. New presenters are being trained and introduced to our listeners all the time in our bid to fill all the remaining slots.

The Flash is presently broadcasting to The Portsmouth area on DAB, thanks to a 9 month experiment by Ofcom, which involves over 60 other community radio stations around the country.

We launched our DAB service in August 2015 and this was made possible through the generosity of two supporters who kindly donated the amount required to cover our start up costs. Since then we have struggled to secure the advertising required to pay our running costs, and as a result of this have come close to going off air on several occasions.

After 3 years as an internet only station, and with only the occasional (and very expensive) 7 day FM licence, this 9 month DAB experiment has given us the opportunity to establish ourselves as a local broadcaster. Our audience is growing all the time as is the interest and enthusiasm for our cause, which is to bring REAL music to the masses and spotlight the talented local musicians who can be enjoyed in live music venues throughout the Portsmouth area.

Yours sincerely Martin Kirby
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Once again I would like to thank everyone who have kindly donated to our cause. Of course the purpose of this fundraising campaign is to raise £6000.00 to help keep us broadcasting on DAB to the Portsmouth area following the end of the initial 9 month trial, and you will have noticed that at the time of writing (Saturday 28th May 2016) we are still very much on the air.

Please Please! do not think that this means we are through the difficult period. I have signed a further contract with Angel Radio who operate the Portsmouth DAB trial multiplex and have paid them for a further years broadcasting as part of this extended trial. The Performing rights Society, Phonographic Performance Ltd, and Ofcom are still to be paid, along with other expenses that will come with operating a radio station. Although not reflected in the total given here, a recent FLASHFEST helped raise £746 towards our cause so taking this into consideration we still need to raise £4442.00 to give us the security we need to build up our radio station and to secure our future so we can then concentrate on building our programme service further and turn The Flash into a bright star. Thank you, keep on rocking, enjoying real music, and let's continue to discover the incredible talents of the many entertaining local musicians in the Portsmouth area!.
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Very soon now we will have to pay several very large fees if we are going to continue to broadcast past 18th May. We have achieved so much in the past 9 months on DAB. Our audience is growing all the time and we are gradually filling all our presenter slots with a talented, passionate and dedicated team . The many e-mails I receive each week from new listeners, local artists and live music venues is proof enough that we are filling a much needed gap. Please donate towards are cause so we can get through this difficult time and continue to grow. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for supporting our not for profit station xx
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Hello friends and a big thank you once again for all your kind donations. Ofcom have decided to extend the present DAB experiment for a further 2 years following 18th May. Please help me raise as much money as possible by the end of April so we can stay on the air from 19th May and beyond. This is a critical time for us as large payments will need to be paid in advance if we are to continue into the extended period. The local multiplex who broadcast our signal, The Performing Rights Society and PPL will all require such payments . Please share this post on your Facebook pages and specially with any friends who are involved with live music in the Portsmouth area and enjoy classic rock or blues music. Please give whatever you can and give us the helpful push that we need into this new period of broadcasting. Thank you xx.
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Once again I must say a huge thank you to all the kind supporters who have sent donations to our fund so far. If you are fed up with hearing the same plastic pop or dance songs being repeated day in and day out on mainstream commercial radio, if you would like to hear a truly local radio station playing real music created by musicians rather than a computer program, with volunteer presenters who actually live and broadcast from the Portsmouth area and feature music from classic rock and blues albums along with tracks written and performed by local bands and singer songwriters from the Portsmouth area, then The Flash is for you. We are on air NOW on DAB to the Portsmouth area and need your help if we are going to continue broadcasting beyond 18th May this year. Please help us keep REAL MUSIC alive on the radio and help us continue to promote the many talented local musicians and the local music venues they perform in, by making a donation to our fund, however small. Thank you so much xx
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Raised by 63 people in 34 months
Created February 13, 2016
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